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is a visiting professor of law at the University of Baltimore School of Law
University of Baltimore School of Law, or UB Law, is one of the three colleges that make up the University of Baltimore, which is part of the University System of Maryland. UB Law is one of only two law schools in the state of Maryland, the other law school being the University of Maryland School...
and the spouse of U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar
Amy Jean Klobuchar is the senior United States Senator from Minnesota. She is a member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, an affiliate of the Democratic Party...
Bessler attended Mankato Loyola High School and received his B.A. from the University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities is a public research university located in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, United States. It is the oldest and largest part of the University of Minnesota system and has the fourth-largest main campus student body in the United States, with 52,557...
, J.D. from Indiana University School of Law
Indiana University School of Law may refer to either of two independent law schools operated by the Indiana University system, namely:*Indiana University Maurer School of Law , located on the campus of Indiana University Bloomington...
, M.F.A. from Hamline University
-Red Wing location :Hamline was named in honor of Leonidas Lent Hamline, a bishop of the Methodist Church whose interest in the frontier led him to donate $25,000 toward the building of an institution of higher learning in what was then the territory of Minnesota. Today, a statue of Bishop Hamline...
and his M.St. from Oxford University.
Bessler previously taught at the University of Minnesota Law School
The University of Minnesota Law School, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, is a professional school of the University of Minnesota. The school offers a Juris Doctor , Masters of Law for Foreign Lawyers, and joint degrees with J.D./M.B.A., J.D./M.P.A, J.D./M.A., J.D./M.S., J.D./Ph.D.,...
, where he specialized in death penalty issues and is considered a "leading authority", having written three books on the subject. Two of those books, Death in the Dark: Midnight Executions in America
and Legacy of Violence: Lynch Mobs and Executions in Minnesota
were Minnesota Book Award
finalists. He also authored Writing for Life
In addition, Bessler has clerked for U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Mason of the District of Minnesota
Minnesota is a U.S. state located in the Midwestern United States. The twelfth largest state of the U.S., it is the twenty-first most populous, with 5.3 million residents. Minnesota was carved out of the eastern half of the Minnesota Territory and admitted to the Union as the thirty-second state...
, has practiced law as a partner at Kelly & Berens, P.A., has studied international human rights law at Oxford University and has written articles for the Indiana Law Journal
and the Arkansas Law Review